civ·​il·​ly ˈsi-və(l)-lē How to pronounce civilly (audio)
: in terms of civil rights, law, or matters
civilly dead
: in a civil manner : politely

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Schumer, Strong, Thompson and Andrew Dismukes are enjoying snacks and chatting civilly before the Jets game. Andy Hoglund,, 6 Nov. 2022 With roughly a month until Election Day, business leaders should be actively thinking about how to create an environment where employees can civilly discuss their views, Taylor said. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2022 Or more to hold an officer individually liable in some way, criminally or civilly. Peter Nickeas, CNN, 13 July 2022 And for inmates who want to sue civilly, there is little legal support. Evan Allen,, 1 Oct. 2022 The gathering began civilly enough with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2022 Were there any recommendations or is anything going to come from this report, like either civilly or criminally to the agencies? Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 18 July 2022 Christopher Lee Smart, a longtime social worker who saw patients daily at Patton state hospital, a psychiatric facility that provides treatment to those forensically and civilly committed by the courts, is charged with nine felonies. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2022 If that gun is used to commit a crime before the person turns 21, the co-signer would only be able to be held civilly liable. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of civilly was in the 15th century

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“Civilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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civ·​il·​ly ˈsiv-ə(l)-lē How to pronounce civilly (audio)
: in a civil manner : politely

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